[ noun kyoor-it; verb kyoor-eyt, kyoo-reyt ]
/ noun ˈkyʊər ɪt; verb ˈkyʊər eɪt, kyʊˈreɪt /
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Chiefly British. a member of the clergy employed to assist a rector or vicar.
any ecclesiastic entrusted with the cure of souls, as a parish priest.
verb (used with object), cu·rat·ed, cu·rat·ing.
to take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit): to curate a photography show.
to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content: “We curate our merchandise with a sharp eye for trending fashion,” the store manager explained.
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Origin of curate
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English curat, from Anglo-French or directly from Medieval Latin cūrātus, equivalent to Latin cūr(a) “care” + -ātus -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM curatecu·rat·ic [kyoo-rat-ik], /kyʊˈræt ɪk/, cu·rat·i·cal, adjectivecu·rate·ship, nouncu·ra·tion, nounsub·cu·rate, noun
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How to use curate in a sentence
There is a sense of consumerism but also, for a lack of a better word, taste—curation and arrangement.What the Hell Is ‘Twee’? A Genre? A Mindset? An Art Form?|Scott Porch|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His curation techniques were far from scientific; his knack for interior design was often fueled by his sense humor.Casa de la Torre: The Museum of Mexico’s Liberace|Brandon Presser|March 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The curation of such a merry (and complex) company was surely no easy feat.The Portrait Gallery Face-Off: Fresh, Famous, and Quirky Faces Win the Day|Chloë Ashby|November 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To solve the curation quandary, The Daily Beast has produced its first list of the feeds to follow.
This is the beauty of atmosphere and careful, inspired curation.Dave Eggers’s Favorite Bookstore: Green Apple Books, San Francisco|Dave Eggers|November 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for curate (1 of 2)
/ (ˈkjʊərɪt) /
a clergyman appointed to assist a parish priest
a clergyman who has the charge of a parish (curate-in-charge)
Irish an assistant barman
Word Origin for curate
C14: from Medieval Latin cūrātus, from cūra spiritual oversight, cure
British Dictionary definitions for curate (2 of 2)
/ (kjʊəˈreɪt) /
(tr) to be in charge of (an art exhibition or museum)
Word Origin for curate
C20: back formation from curator
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